ORLANDO, Fla. - On the opening day of its spring break trip to Florida, the Coe College men's tennis team won a pair of matches, as they improved to 11-0 to start the season.
Coe opened the day with a 9-0 win over Wabash before ending the day with a 6-3 victory over NCAA Division II Bellarmine. In the win over Wabash, senior Curtis Newman (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and sophomore Noah Sprinkel (Minneapolis, Minn./South) opened doubles play with an 8-5 win over Daniel Delgado and Mark Troiano at number one doubles. Sprinkel was also a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Wade Miller at number one singles.
At number two doubles, senior Sean Stokstad (Ramstein, Germany/Ramstein) and junior Michael Janssen (Oshkosh, Wis./Lourdes) defeated Miller and Nate Koelper 8-4. Coe's final doubles victory came from junior Jeff Damisch (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) and junior Michael Woolf (Palantine, Ill./Palantine), as they defeated Ian Leonard and Phil Kubisz 8-3.
Coe also earned five other singles victories to seal the win. At number two, freshman Riley Galbraith (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) defeated Delgado 6-1, 6-3, while freshman Yasushi Inoue (Japan) beat Koelper 6-3, 6-2 at number two. Freshman Ryan Hickman (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson) beat Troiano 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 at number three, while freshman Geoffrey Brochet (France) downed Leonard 6-2, 6-0 at number five. Coe's final victory came at number six, as freshman Zach Decker (Wyoming, Minn./Forest Lake) defeated Kubisz 6-1, 6-1.
The Kohawks held a 2-1 lead after doubles play against Bellarmine. At number two doubles, Galbraith and Inoue defeated Carols Antonioli and Jacob Knagenhjelm 8-2. Inoue also earned a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Knagenhjelm at number three singles. Coe's second doubles win came at number three, as Stokstad and Janssen defeated Alan Gardiner and Nathan Walroth 8-6. Stokstad was also a winner at number five singles, as he defeated Jimmy Fernandez 6-2, 6-4. At number four singles, Newman defeated Antonioli 6-2, 6-0, while Hickman beat Gardiner 6-1, 6-4 at number six for Coe's final singles victory.
Coe returns to action on Tuesday, as they play three matches. The Kohawks will face Christopher Newport, King's and Clark around the Orlando area throughout the day.